Iker Romero is one of the most experienced players in the Spanish squad, as he was part of the World Champions team in 2005, was EHF EURO Silver medallist 2006 and each won a Bronze medal at the Olympics 2008 and the World Championship 2011.
Now the left back, playing for Füchse Berlin in Germany after he became a legend in Barcelona, goes for the Bronze medal at the EHF EURO2012. Romero is disappointed after losing the semi against Denmark, but hopes to return to Spain with a medal as he says in this interview with ehf-euro.com.
ehf-euro.com: Having slept one night after the semi-final against Denmark – what are your emotions after this defeat?
Iker Romero: It was a catastrophy for me and the whole team. We had played a great EHF EURO before the semi-final and were really eager to go for Gold. But then our luck had come to an abrupt end against Denmark. Everybody in our team is highly disappointed. In every tournament you have one weak match, unfortunately it was a decisive one for us here in Serbia.
ehf-euro.com: What went wrong against Denmark?
Iker Romero: We were not able to play fluidly enough in attack and we could not run our counter attacks. We fought back when we were below with five goals, but we could not manage to turn the game completely. When the distance was two goals we did not have any luck anymore.
ehf-euro.com: Now Spain face Croatia in the Bronze final. Are you the favourites, as you already beat them once in the Main Round?
Iker Romero: I do not think that this game has any influence on the Bronze final, as well as I do not think that there is a favourite in this game. Croatia and Spain – in my opinion – were expected to play the final, now we are only in the Bronze game. We have to show the same strengths as we showed in the Main Round, but it will be really difficult to the Croats twice in one week.
ehf-euro.com: Would a Bronze medal satisfy you in the end?
Iker Romero: When you go to the semi-final of a major tournament you know that the mathematical chance to get a medal is 75 percent. So of course a medal would satisfy us. We will be well-prepared for the Croats and want to return to Spain with a medal in our luggage. As we cannot reach more than the Bronze medal, we go for that now.